On the night of 3/4 May 1942, just after midnight, 20 bombers arrived over the town centre, and in 70 minutes devastated the town centre and Newtown area. Bombs fell in High St, Sidwell St and Fore St, starting fires in the houses and shops there, which were soon out of control. Fire brigade and emergency services struggled to tame the fires, under the threat of unexploded ordnance and despite strafing by German bombers. Reinforcements from the fire services at Torquay and Plymouth arrived to help; eventually 195 appliances and 1,080 personnel were employed to bring the fires under control, which was largely achieved by 5 May, though sporadic outbreaks continued until mid-day of 7 May. 30 acres of the city were devastated, 156 people were killed and 583 injured.
Cornforth, David (10 March 2014). “The Exeter Blitz – April and May 1942”. Exeter Memories. Wikipedia.
Fifty years later,
Time passes, things change and people heal.
It’s day eleven of Becky’s #timesquare challenge for December, and there’s still time to join in
Day 9 of Becky’s December square challenge, I haven’t managed each day, but she doesn’t mind. Today’s popped up by chance while I was at Powderham farm shop. I don’t think he knows whether it’s dawn or not though.
But he’s quite funky.
Becky has a clock today, along with some more metery things!
. . . in time from 1830 to 2018,
no wonder she looks so confused!
Becky’s in the blues today, in a good way that is, but she doesn’t know what time it is.
This photo was going to be my Wordless Wednesday, but I realised how it marked the passing of time.
When I was in my teens, I remember the archaeological dig in front of the cathedral, but I didn’t realise the significance of the Roman baths they exposed and then covered over. Now I wish I’d taken more notice. A few years ago, the city made a bid for lottery funding to open up the baths, but it failed, so I don’t suppose I’ll get to see them.
Becky has glowing square sunsets today!
What’s the time Mr Wolf? Well, it’s somewhere around 1820 and last Sunday I travelled back in time to meet this lady and learn a little about a Regency house. The event was organised by a Heavitree Place and People a FB local history group, with the good lady below, from Interwoven Productions in charge of haunting.
Check out what Becky’s up to today for her #timesquare challenge.
Judging by the number of people waiting, I’d say the train’s behind time.
Nabbed today for day two of Becky’s square challenge, at the wonder that is Trago mills.
Our resident Super Woman is back this month with her December Square Challenge of ‘Time’. As always we are free to interpret the theme in any way we want as long as the photo is square.
I had such a surprise walking through town the other day, apparently it’s that time again,
Where has 2018 gone. time flies doesn’t it? But it’s all relative according to Becky!